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Call for Papers
August 30, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, German History / Studies, Linguistics, Literature

Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland

Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia

Eastern Michigan University, USA

The Historical Museum of the City of Cracow


Third Interdisciplinary Conference


„slavic - german encounters in literature, language and culture“




18. – 20. October 2018


German and Slavic peoples, who inhabited areas in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, have been interacting with each other for centuries. On the one hand, these relationships took place in the areas that belonged to Prussia and the Habsburg Monarchy before 1918; on the other hand, as a result of the migration, Eastern and Western Europeans met in metropolises such as Berlin, Vienna or New York. These encounters, which were dynamic, ambiguous and diverse in character, contributed to cultural and linguistic overlaps and the emergence of new patterns of action and thought. Members of non-Slavic minorities: e.g. Jews, Hungarians, Romanians, Sinti and Roma, etc., also contributed to cultural diversity in the borderland between Western and Eastern cultures. 


The first conference conference "Slavic - German Encounters in Literature, Language and Culture: took place two years ago in Cracow. Our aim was and still is to encourage scientific exchange of scholars, whose research focusses on cultures, literaratures and languages of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.


Potential topics include, but are not limited to:


  • Theoretical approaches to contact zones and places of encounter 
  • Places of encounters - literary salons, institutions of higher education, public offices, hotels, army, prisons
  • Intellectual and spatial borders
  • Discourses of silencing, exclusion and discrimination and alienation
  • Alienation of the Other, and experience of being alienated 
  • Literature and culture of Slavic migrants in German speaking countries 
  • Literature and culture of German minorities in Slavic countries 
  • Interaction between German and Slavic migrants 
  • Reception of German language literature in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe
  • Transformation of Self as a result of encounters with other cultures
  • Linguistic approaches to German and Slavic languages 
  • Language and Politics


We encourage interdisciplinary papers in exploration of these themes. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

Keynote speakers:

Linguistics section:  Prof. John F. Bailyn, Stony Brook University 

Literary studies section: Prof. Carla Damiano, Eastern Michigan University

Cultural studies section:  Dr. Gudrun Wedel, Berlin


Conference venue:The Historical Museum of the City of Cracow


Languages of the presentations: German and English


Please submit your abstracts of no longer than 200 words to Aleksandra Bednarowska at abednaro@kent.edu

Deadline for submission: August 30th, 2018

Notification of acceptance: September 30th,2018


Conference fee of 300 PLN (70 Euros) covers coffee breaks, conference materials, dinner on Thursday evening and publication of papers. The conference fee does not include accommodation. Conference proceedings will be published.


The conference fee must be paid in advance by the end of September 2018 to the account specified in the registration form. Cancellations received after October 10thwill not receive a refund.


Organizing committee:


Prof. Dr. Željko Uvanović

Dr. Aleksandra Bednarowska

Dr. Beata Kołodziejczyk-Mróz

Dr. Piotr Majcher

Piotr Hapanowicz






Contact Info: 

Dr. Aleksandra Bednarowska
Instytut Neofilologii/Dept. of Modern Languages
Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny/
Pedagogical University
ulica Studencka 5
31-116 Krakow, Poland

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